Dallas Mavericks (18-40) at Los Angeles Lakers (23-34)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 217 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Dallas Mavericks could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 102.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 104.4 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.3 points and 6.6 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 14.8 points and 4.9 assists. Wesley Matthews is the third double-digit scorer and Dirk Nowitzki is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.6 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost seven of their last eight road games.
The Los Angeles Lakers also need a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 107.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 16.2 points and 3.7 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 15.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t lost a home game since January 5.
The Mavericks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games, 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. NBA Pacific and 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 Friday games. The Lakers are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 home games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings.
The Dallas Mavericks are watching the losses pile up left and right, and now they have off the court issues to deal with while their owner came out and admitted it's in the teams best interest to tank. Too much toxic stuff for me to get behind. The Los Angeles Lakers haven't lost a home game in over a month and have covered eight straight at home as well. The Lakers have also had a week to get comfortable with their new roster and expect to get Lonzo Ball back as well. I have to side with the Lakers and the small chalk.